Ex-SFO lawyer accused of calling FBI agent a ‘c***’ was unfairly dismissed, tribunal says

A former Serious Fraud Office lawyer was unfairly dismissed after he allegedly insulted a US Federal Bureau of Investigations agent in a London pub, a tribunal ruled. Tom Martin was the SFO’s chief lawyer on its investigation into claims that top executives at Monaco-headquartered Unaoil paid bribes for oil contracts in Iraq.  However, in 2018 he was suspended from … Read more

SFO bosses’ ‘gullibility and arrogance’ slammed in Unaoil fiasco as third conviction quashed

The Serious Fraud Office has been hit with two reports slamming its conduct on the same day the Court of Appeal overturned a conviction related to the agency’s ill-fated Unaoil investigation. At the centre of it all is Lisa Osofsky, the agency’s director, whose actions contributed to overturned convictions, according to the independent report into the … Read more

SFO failures over Unaoil laid out in ‘sobering’ review

Two reports into the failures of the Serious Fraud Office make for “sobering read”, the fraud squad’s director Lisa Osofsky has said. The fraud unit’s boss made the comments in response to 11 recommendations for her agency to respond, set out in a review of the SFO’s failures in the Unaoil fraud case, published on 21 … Read more